A&M-Texarkana professors pen new book for professional counselors and counselor educators


Dr. Teri Ann Sartor, assistant professor of Counseling Education, and Dr. Bill McHenry, dean of Graduate Studies and Research, both of Texas A&M University-Texarkana, are the authors of a new book designed for professional counselors, social workers, psychologists, counselor educators and others who work with children and adolescents.

“Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling Children and Adolescents” is described as “one of the first comprehensive textbooks that deals with legal and ethical issues in counseling children and adolescents.” It provides counselors and other professionals with clinical cases and accurate, up-to-date information on both ethical standards and case law.

The book is also a resource for faculty who recognize the limited scope with which other texts cover the topic and for practitioners looking to better understand the legal and ethical concerns around working with young people.

“When we began researching these topics specifically, we couldn’t find a lot of literature on ethical issues in working with children and adolescents, so we decided that we’d write it,” Dr. McHenry said.

Dr. Sartor and Dr. McHenry, along with Dr. Jim McHenry, professor emeritus at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, wrote the original chapters and invited other experts to contribute to the book.

“The chapters take a comprehensive, developmental approach to legal and ethical decision-making when counseling children and adolescents,” Dr. Sartor said. “Each chapter topic explores accommodations important to children and adolescents.”

Dr. Sartor and Dr. McHenry will be promoting the book at conferences in the coming months. It is available on Amazon.com and from publisher Routledge, a member of the Taylor & Francis Group.

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